SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California food retailers recycled nearly 2.3 billion pounds of plastic, paper, cardboard, wood, green waste and animal products in 2006 — many diverting more than 50% of their total solid waste from landfill disposal — according to a survey conducted by the California Grocers Association here. “California grocers continue to play an integral role in the state’s recycling efforts,” said CGA Acting President Jill Rulon. “The recycling numbers show the strong commitment of the retail grocery industry to be a part of the environmental solution in the communities they serve.” Not only are grocery stores committed to reducing, reusing and recycling cardboard, plastics, green waste, corrugated wax, wood and other valuable resources, Rulon said, the number of stores participating in recycling programs and the number of products recycled continue to grow annually. “Many of our members divert more than 50% of their total solid waste from landfill disposal and actively engage with their communities to encourage and assist customers in recycling various materials, including electronic devices,” she said.
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